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Want to know more about attending worship with us or more about God and Christ?

Greetings!  We are blessed that you are considering the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, we know there are many churches to visit.

We offer one worship services during this time at 11:00 a.m.  Live streaming and in-person worship is available with a prior pre-registration.

You can visit our live streaming each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on our LCGS.CHURCH/Worship Page

After quarantine is over, we will return to our two worship schedule as follows: During the school year (September 29 to June 21).  Worship at 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

During the summer months, June 2 to September 22nd and Thanksgiving to New Years, we Worship together at 11:00 a.m.  

We teach and believe that the Holy Scriptures/Bible differ from all other books in the world in that they are the Word of God.  We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and we have the hope for Eternal life. The Word of the gospel promises and applies the grace of God, works faith and thus regenerates man.

We have a nursery available for infants, there are also many small groups and Bible Studies to attend.  Our small groups and studies include activities and fellowship with other children and adults.  Check out our Ministries Page: Small Groups and Bible Studies

What to expect upon entering:

Fellowship in our Narthex

When you enter in the church, you will be in our Narthex area, this is our warm and inviting gathering place. We have coffee and donuts always available, so please help yourself. Many people that might not recognize you will introduce themselves and welcome you to Good Shepherd.

Preparation for Worship

Five minutes before worship, we ask that you quietly enter the sanctuary. No drinks or food are allowed into the sanctuary.

Receive your Worship Bulletin

These bulletins will be handed to you by an Usher or Greeter.  The purpose of the bulletin is to help you follow along during the Worship Service and it is based on our Divine Settings of the year. We have several seasons that we celebrate (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Epiphany, etc.)

Worship

The bulletins display everything that will happen, it is the “Order of Service”. Worship contains an Opening Prayer, Bible readings, Sermon, Hymns (songs), Prayers for our world, community and people, Communion, Offering and Benediction (blessing).  The words to the Hymns can be found in the Hymnal books in the back of the seat in front of you.  NOTE: If you don’t feel comfortable singing, that’s ok too, just enjoy it! 

Divine Service 

  • Sit wherever you feel most comfortable, no assigned seating.
  • Communion – Taking the Sacraments (Bread and Wine). If you believe that Jesus died for our sins, feel free to join us for communion.  If you are not sure about receiving communion, we encourage you to come up for a blessing by the Pastor. You can read more information on the front page of the bulletin and also the front page of the Hymnal book.
  • Offering – In the Bible, we are instructed to tithe (give a portion of our blessings) back to the Lord. A plate will be passed along the rows for an gift offering of money.  You are not required to give, but we use offerings to keep our facility maintained and pay for our staff. We have a minimal staff of four individuals (Pastor, Deaconess, Administrative Assistant and Cleaning person).  Everyone else you see working at church are volunteers. We also these funds to help support missions and Christian Education.
  • Offering of Peace, shaking hands. This isn't the end of our service, this enables us to greet each other with the sign of peace.

Dismissal

Conclusion of Worship

When Worship is over, we exit to the Narthex for more fellowship and coffee or donuts or snacks.

We hope you will join us, if you are a little shy, don’t worry.  We are a loving community and want you to feel comfortable Worshiping the Lord! We have devotions and ask that you consider signing our guest book, so we can connect with you on a more personal level.

BECOMING A MEMBER OR MORE QUESTIONS

If you want to become a new member or have questions about becoming a Lutheran?

Please call Pastor Tim at 301-774-9125!

What We Believe

God


We believe that the only true God is the Triune God; eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • The Father creates and preserves all things.  (Hebrews 11:1-3).
  • The Son redeems the world by His death and resurrection. (John 3:16, John 5:39; Acts 4:12).
  • The Holy Spirit, brings us to faith (Rom. 15:13), gives us new life (John 3:5-6), and works within us to renew our lives (Rom. 8:9, 1 Cor. 6:11).

Who is Jesus?


We believe Jesus is exactly who He said He is. Along with the ancient Church, we confess that Jesus is true God and true man in one person. He is the Son of God who was crucified and raised from the dead for the salvation of all who trust in Him.

  •  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful humanity (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35).
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a sacrifice on our behalf, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5).
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God as our Prophet, Priest, and King. (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2).
  • We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).
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